Periodic Scripts

Matthew Seaman m.seaman at
Sat Jun 7 15:27:07 PDT 2003

On Sun, Jun 08, 2003 at 07:13:56AM +0900, Luke Kearney wrote:

> For reasons that I don't completely understand one of my machines has
> stopped sending mail to root. I was used to getting the periodic output
> mailed to me daily and now one of them has stopped. The mail does not appear
> to be held up anywhere and is not showing up in the queue, so I am a little
> confused by it all.

Did you check the MSP queue?

    # mailq -Ac
> I cannot find the crontab for the user that runs these daily,weekly,monthly
> scripts and I certainly have no recollection of changing any of these. Can
> anyone tell me where to start looking for the culprit ?

The periodic scripts are run out of the system crontab /etc/crontab --
you should have lines like these:

    1       3       *       *       *       root    periodic daily
    15      4       *       *       6       root    periodic weekly
    30      5       1       *       *       root    periodic monthly



Dr Matthew J Seaman MA, D.Phil.                       26 The Paddocks
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